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Comparative Effectiveness of Nonoperative and Operative Treatments for Rotator Cuff Tears

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Gaps in Present Knowledge
Additional comparative effectiveness research of open, mini-open, and arthroscopic approaches is a priority, as arthroscopic procedures are more costly and technically more difficult. Studies are needed on the effectiveness of early vs. delayed surgery and nonoperative vs. operative interventions. Also needed are appropriate comparisons of nonoperative treatments, the use of augmentation, analyses of the long-term effectiveness of treatments (minimum of 12 months), and the influence of patient prognostic factors.
Future Research Needs
Consensus is needed on outcomes that are important to both clinicians and patients to ensure consistency and comparability across future studies. Future studies should be randomized, employ a comparison or control group where appropriate and feasible, and ensure comparability of treatment groups.

Future Research Needs

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